1. Sohn Accuses Audi Of Taking a Free Ride With His Music

    September 24, 2014 6:14 AM EDT Sohn suspects Audi has lifted one of his songs for an ad campaign without permission. No harm. He’s willing to do a swap. The British electro-soul artist caught the commercial for Audi’s A3 Sportback, and his ears tuned into the soundtrack. The tune, Sohn suggests, is a dead-ringer for his…

  2. Banks’ Gorgeously Gloomy Music Has Made Her a Breakout Star

    September 08, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Imagine the middle bit of a Venn diagram between socialite Olivia Palermo and 1990s model Bridget Hall -- if both were in mourning -- and you’d get breakout alt-pop star Banks . The 26-year-old singer, born Jillian Banks, is almost always shown in videos and photos dressed in all black,…

  3. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award.  Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex…

  4. Emerging U.K. Artist Kwabs Talks Twitter, Music & More (Q&A)

    August 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT With his unmistakable sound, Ghana-born, Camberwell (London)-based Kwabena Adjepong , better known as Kwabs , stood out on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists Chart for the week of Aug. 30, where his track "Walk" debuted at No. 36.   In listening to "Walk," it's…

  5. Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival

    August 19, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Sam Smith, Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer & more already announced as headliners. Ryan Adams , Jessie Ware , Lenny Kravitz and another dozen-plus artists have been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London, joining previously announced headliners Maroon 5 , Sam Smith and 5…

  6. London Grammar Leads Nominations for AIM Independent Awards

    August 13, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2. London…

  7. Fun Fun Fun Fest: Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab for Cutie Headlining

    May 20, 2014 9:28 AM EDT This year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin looks hell bent on being a good time. The lineup for the 9th annual festival was announced Tuesday, with heavy metal legends Judas Priest tee'd up as one of the headliners. FFF Fest takes over Auditorium Shores and Butler Park from Nov. 7-9. …

  8. Bastille Billboard Music Awards Q&A: On Beyonce, Haim, Banks & More

    May 14, 2014 7:30 PM EDT With the 2014 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist Dan Smith of Bastille to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught his ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS •…

  9. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Springs Up Dance Charts to Top 10

    April 17, 2014 4:30 PM EDT The lead single from Harris' forthcoming album posts video-aided gains. Plus, chart moves for Disclosure, David Guetta, Dada Life, SOHN and Scotty Boy The momentum of Calvin Harris' "Summer" continues to build, as the track claims both Digital and Streaming Gainer tags and…

  10. Outkast, Beck, Portishead to Headline Ireland's 2014 Electric Picnic Festival

    March 20, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Meanwhile, Scotland's RockNess festival has decided to suspend its 2014 edition and gear up for 2015 Outkast are headlining yet another festival, and it's Ireland's Electric Picnic . Beck and Portishead are listed as the other headliners and remarkably, the latter are actually…

  11. SXSW: Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlie's Staying Open Following Car Crash

    March 13, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Festival also launches SXSW Cares Fund for Austin victims. Following last night's deadly car crash outside of the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's on Austin's Red River Street, the planned South By Southwest shows at those two venues will be going on as scheduled on Thursday night…

  12. Banks Releases New Track, 'Brain': Listen

    January 28, 2014 3:45 PM EST Los Angeles singer-songwriter Banks continues to stoke our anticipation for her in-the-works debut album with each new song released. On Tuesday (Jan. 28), a new track titled "Brain" premiered on KCRW, and finds the singer working with producer Shlohmo: After previously…

  13. 14 Artists to Watch in 2014

    January 13, 2014 12:00 PM EST They're not household names. . . yet, but these 14 music makers -- including pop stars in the making, soulful UK upstarts, an up and coming rapper, and a few hot groups -- are primed to do big things this year. John Newman , @JohnNewmanMusic Genre: Soul After the British…

  14. 20 Best Dance Music Albums of 2013: CODE Picks

    December 20, 2013 3:40 PM EST Dance music has typically been defined by the single, but in 2013, the electronic dance music album made a comeback with a vengeance. From chart-toppers to critical darlings to fan favorites, the longplayer is alive and well. Here are the 20 Best Albums (and a few outstanding EPs) as…

  15. Lorde Co-Writer Joel Little 'Looking Forward to Making More Songs'

    November 04, 2013 10:45 AM EST "It's definitely opened some doors," Little says of "Royals." "Having a hit song makes people take a bit more notice of you" Meet Joel Little, the producer behind every track of Lorde's debut album "Pure Heroine" -- yes, including the Hot…

  16. Pop Shop Picks: Lady Gaga, Romeo Santos, Banks & More

    August 16, 2013 6:26 PM EDT Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! LADY GAGA "Applause…

  17. Miguel Talks Kendrick Lamar, Whitney Houston, & Las Vegas in Billboard Music Awards Q&A

    May 15, 2013 1:42 PM EDT With the 2013 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist Miguel to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught his ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Madonna To Be…

  18. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Tops Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs

    July 02, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Plus, Beloved veteran acts Whitney Houston, the Beach Boys and Cyndi Lauper make chart returns. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  19. Body Of Infatuated Fan Found Near Abdul's Home

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST A fan of Paula Abdul whose failed audition for "American Idol" aired in season five was found dead in a car near the home of the pop star and judge she admired, authorities said today (Nov. 12). A fan of Paula Abdul whose failed audition for "American Idol" aired in season…

  20. The Shadows of Knight

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Singer Ellie Vee and our vocalist Jimy Sohns share the same sick sense of humor. Its a little frightening. Stuck here in Cleveland since the Buffalo show was cancelled. We love playing Buffalo and can't wait to re-book a date to see all our fans in the upsate NY area. Our tour bus is in…